MEDFORD, Ore. – A pilot project by the Oregon Department of Transportation is looking at different ways to fund new road work, and one option being discussed would replace the gas tax with a tax on mileage.
ODOT will be presenting its idea at Rogue Valley Area Commission of Transportation meeting next week. The concept would use on-board mileage reporting technology. ODOT said many newer vehicles get better gas mileage or use electric or hybrid technology, and a mileage tax could be an option to keep funding new road projects. ODOT is currently using the pilot project to explore how well the concept would work.
The RCACT meeting will be held on Nov. 13 at the ODOT office at 10 Antelope Road in White City. The meeting runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and will allow time for public comments.